Canada's innovation community ​continues to be at the forefront of research and discovery. ​

Through entrepreneurship, commercialization and social innovation, ​researchers in our universities, hospitals, colleges and companies ​are turning ​their leading-edge research into ​products, technologies and services that advance our economy and ​improve the lives of citizens the world over. Take a look at how their work is transforming society.

The CCNB-INNOV Network is one of Atlantic Canada's premier resources for applied research and innovation. Its three divisions support businesses in agriculture, bioprocesses, advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and advanced materials.

CCNB-INNOV's agriculture and biotechnology division is certified by Health Canada as a cannabis research institution, has extensive research experience in the brewing and distillery industry, and is proficient in agriculture and watershed management research.

It's advanced manufacturing division is specialised in fields such as prototype development, robot welding and robotics applications.

CCNB-INNOV's advanced materials division works hand in hand with the naval industry in composite material, including infusion molding.

With our cutting edge equipment and personnalised and flexible service, our experts offer assistance in a wide range of areas such as feasability studies, scientific and technical support, and integration of existing and emerging technologies.
Cambrian R&D, the applied research arm of Cambrian College, helps industry and community partners in Sudbury, Ont. innovate by connecting them with student researchers and our expert staff and faculty. Drawing from the department's suite of specialized equipment and engineering staff, along the college's range of academic programs, Cambrian R&D has what you need to tackle any challenge.

We are especially suited to take on mining innovation projects. In 2019, Cambrian was awarded its first Technology Access Centre (TAC), a specialized research hub, from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Cambrian's Centre for Smart Mining is the only one in Canada with a focus on facilitating technology adoption in the mining sector. The Centre demystifies new technologies in the industry by creating strategic R&D partnerships and access to specialized equipment.

Learn more about how Cambrian R&D and the Centre for Smart Mining can accelerate your business.
Carleton University's Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) is a hub for interdisciplinary thinking and world-class training of the next generation. More than just a building, ARISE embodies the university's leadership and commitment to corporate partnerships. The flexible work environments foster collaboration between students across faculties so they can gain marketable skills while working on solutions to emerging challenges. It also serves as a space for industry to pursue their R&D needs and attract investors to exploit their intellectual property across the university. Relationships fostered here inspire entrepreneurial thinking, facilitate industry-driven research, and fuel growth.

Humber College has established Canada's first Broadcast-Broadband Convergence B2C Lab to explore multisectoral data delivery applications enabled by the new Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 television broadcast standard. ATSC 3.0 runs on an IP (internet protocol) backbone and integrates with other global data delivery standards, including Wi-Fi and 5G. Offering enhanced audio-visual features and full broadcast mobility, ATSC 3.0 is currently the world's most efficient one-to-many data delivery system.

The B2C lab fosters partnerships between Humber and the private sector leading to business innovation at local, regional and national levels.

The B2C lab is housed in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. Phase one of the lab is now operational. Phase two is expected to be completed by the summer and will include a multiple transmitter/antenna test bed set up across Humber North and Lakeshore campuses to form a broadcast inter-tower communication network with Single Frequency Network capabilities.
Researcher Michael D'Agostino demonstrates use of the inhaled vaccine system. Photo: Georgia Kirkos
Scientists at McMaster University have developed an inhaled vaccine that delivers long-lasting protection against SARS-CoV-2 and variants of concern.

The team - all members of Canada's Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats - demonstrated the benefits of inhaled vaccines over traditional injections. In addition to being needle- and pain-free, an inhaled vaccine is so efficient at targeting the lungs and upper airways that it can achieve maximum protection with a small fraction of the dose of current vaccines - possibly as little as one percent - meaning a single batch of doses could go 100 times farther.

Such an alternative delivery method could be game-changing, given the challenges with vaccine supply.

The second-generation vaccine - one of only a handful developed in Canada - is effective against highly transmissible variants because it targets three proteins, two of which don't mutate, which is why it works.

The McMaster vaccine is now in clinical trials to evaluate its effectiveness in healthy adults who have received two mRNA vaccine doses.
Future Nova Scotia Health Innovation Hub collaboration space, as part of the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment.
Nova Scotia's New Health Innovation Hub: The first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia Health's Innovation Hub is a centre of excellence for health research and innovation. By offering an agile, adaptable, and creative space for researchers, clinical teams, partners and investors to come together, we are focused on providing high-impact solutions that address healthcare's biggest challenges. We are discovering, innovating and implementing solutions that contribute directly to the betterment of Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotia Health is proud to be further strengthening our culture of continuous quality improvement that seeks out data, experience and evidence to improve practice. It is truly a new era of collaboration with our partners and building capacity in the healthcare system. This is how we are propelling healthcare in Nova Scotia to new heights.
Ontario Tech University's Brilliant Energy Institute (BEI) harnesses the university's energy research, labs and expertise to lead a just and timely transition to meet Canada's vision for net zero by 2050. As a change agent for decarbonization of energy systems, BEI is helping Canada meet climate change goals with infrastructure that will strengthen prosperity, quality of life and equality for Canadians and people, worldwide. Home to Canada's new International Atomic Energy Agency Collaborating Centre, BEI leverages Ontario Tech's research strengths in hydrogen, traditional-scale nuclear and small modular reactors, solar, thermal power, geothermal, life-cycle analysis, and related fields including cyber security, transportation, aerodynamics and data sciences. Through an inter-disciplinary approach, BEI advances and connects technologies to build clean energy systems; provides relevant data and context to inform policy and strengthen energy literacy; and creates inclusive collaboration across academia, industry, government and a diversity of communities to spark innovation. BEI is tech with a conscience and a vision for a brilliant future.
Photo supplied by Frontiers North Adventures
RRC Polytech is Manitoba's largest institute of applied learning and research. Working alongside industry we find innovative solutions to real-world challenges, while also providing students with the applied knowledge to succeed in their future careers. Home to three Technology Access Centres and two active research capacity building programs, the scope of research spans sectors from aerospace to early childhood development to zero-emission vehicle technology and beyond.

Our Vehicle Technology & Energy Centre collaborated with Frontiers North Adventures, one of Canada's top three sustainable tourism operators, on a proof-of-concept project to convert their Tundra Buggy® - a 40-seat off-highway vehicle - from diesel-powered to a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle. The result: a new zero-emission vehicle technology application that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8.3 tonnes in one tourist season, achieving their goal of reduced environmental impact as well as creating new clean tech jobs.
Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Information Retrieval
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Ryerson University
Ryerson University: Collaborating to drive responsible innovation in artificial intelligence

From our homes to our city streets, artificial intelligence (AI) has become embedded in almost every aspect of our lives. Launched in fall 2021, Responsible Artificial Intelligence (RAI) is led by Ryerson's Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri and a team of academic collaborators, with stakeholders from industry, government and civil society groups such as advocacy organizations. This innovative initiative has students engage with topics like policy and AI governance, civic responsibility and justice, and equality while offering emerging talent the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to create responsible and beneficial AI.

As one of the first formal, multi-institutional training initiatives of its kind in Canada, RAI will help the next generation of AI experts learn about the critical importance of the social, legal and ethical implications of the technology as well as its unintended byproducts, such as biases, discrimination and invasion of privacy.
Sheridan's Centre for Elder Research (CER) translated its expertise on issues facing older adults by responding to urgent needs brought on by the pandemic. CER's Putting Food on The Table project brought together Sheridan researchers, students, and local community organizations to better understand and improve the food and social needs of older adults living in community housing who were affected by COVID-19 restrictions. In response to the pandemic, a local community organization created a Senior's Healthy Food Package delivered to the door of older adults who were unable to access fresh food. The Centre researched how well the package met client needs, and what gaps remained to address food security and isolation during COVID-19. After the package was enhanced based on CER's findings, high levels of satisfaction with the package jumped from 8% at initial baseline to 66% at the end of the project.
The University of Ottawa's new Smart Connected Vehicles Innovation Centre has teamed up with tech industry partners to accelerate the future of connected and autonomous vehicles. Located at the University's Kanata North campus, in the heart of Canada's largest technology hub, the cutting-edge research facility offers cost-effective experimentation for connected and autonomous vehicles, including self-driving car prototypes, drones and robots. Led by engineering professor Burak Kantarci and staffed with a team of researchers, the centre focuses on AI-based solutions to problems related to the connectivity, cyber-physical security, and sustainability of vehicular networks. A unique open access lab, it draws together experts, from computer scientists and engineers to social scientists, economists, and ethics and compliance specialists, to maximize innovation in this rapidly growing sector. For such transformative research collaborations with industry, Professor Kantarci was recently awarded the Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities' Award of Excellence for innovation and entrepreneurship.
York University is a world-leader in vision science, including computer vision and biological vision. York was recognized for its contributions to vision research with $33 million in funding from the prestigious Canada First Research Excellence Fund to launch Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) led by York Research Chair Doug Crawford.

VISTA realizes the potential of disruptive technologies and real-world applications to impact both human and machine vision. VISTA brings together interdisciplinary researchers to help solve global challenges. Laurence Harris, Michael Jenkin and Lauren Sergio are advancing virtual-reality displays to treat patients with vision-related health limitations. James Elder and Michael Jenkin are applying computer vision techniques to improve machine vision for autonomous vehicles and field robotics. Shital Desai is developing inclusive design solutions in assistive adaptive technologies, and Mary Bunch is researching the intersection of political imagination and its visual/sensory expressions.